Woman set to appear in court for preliminary hearing in dismemberment case

Source: Kenner Police Department
Source: Kenner Police Department

KENNER, LA (WAFB) - A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the woman charged in the death and dismembering of a New Orleans woman.

Margaret Sanchez is set to appear in a Kenner courtroom Tuesday morning.

Sanchez is accused in the killing and dismembering of Jaren Lockhart, whose body parts washed ashore in south Mississippi in June 2012.

Sanchez is charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.

Lockhart, 22, was reported missing on June 6, 2012. Her dismembered body washed ashore on a beach in Bay St. Louis, MS, over the course of several days.

The murder investigation gained renewed momentum in April due to new evidence. Officials transferred jurisdiction in the case from Hancock County, MS to the Kenner Police Department.

Investigators identified Sanchez and her boyfriend, Terry Speaks, as suspects, but they were unable to formally charge them due to a lack of evidence. The duo was arrested on unrelated charges during the weeks following Lockheart's death.

Sanchez was eventually released from the Tangipahoa Parish Prison, while Speaks remains in a New York federal prison on unrelated charges.

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